The new documentary Cold Nights, Hot Salsa takes you inside the international Latin dance world of Victor Contreras and Katia Morales, aspiring young salsa dancers from Montreal, Canada who seek to win a World Salsa Championship.
During their three-year quest they draw upon the talents central figures in the world of salsa including Eddie Torres, Tito & Tamara, Billy Fajardo, and Katie Marlow. These mentors help them hone their passion and professional dance skills to ensure they perform and compete at the highest possible level.
Beyond the art of dance, Victor and Katia’s story is also a love story. Their love for the craft combined with their personal relationship both enhances and complicates their dance ambitions. After winning the Canadian Salsa Championship, watch as they take their show on the road to compete around the world.
In addition to Victor and Katia’s story, we also explore some of the social and historical roots of salsa, as told by salsa legends and mentors. Experience the beauty and excitement of competitive dance, the compelling force of world leaders in salsa, and the romantic charm of two young dancers who want to make their mark in the Latin dance world.
About Edwin Gailits
Director, Producer, Writer
Edwin took his eye for arresting images from his background as a fine art still photographer, and combined it with his ability to work collaboratively to tell stories, from directing for the stage, and began making films in the mid 1990s. Some of his films include an award winning documentary, ‘Wind Driven Rain’, on the work of a world-renouned Shibori fabric artist; ‘Eyes On The Earth’, a documentary which examines the relationship between watercolour painting, satellite data imagery, and mathematics. These were followed by directing a healthcare documentary, ‘Windows On Healthcare’, that looks at some of the underlying systemic failings of the U.S. healthcare system. ‘Cold Nights Hot Salsa’ is his first foray into the challenges of making a personal full length documentary without the benefits of broadcaster or other sources of public/private financing.